The ABA Journal reported a very positive story this week. The story involved convicted bank robber Shon Hopwood who, after serving more than nine years in prison, is now enroled at the University of Washington Law School on a scholarship funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. While in prison, Hopwood filed successful petititions on behalf of other inmates to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as briefs to other courts.
I’m sure there are many other stories out there just like Hopwood’s. In an age where governments are trying to increase sentences for criminal offences there is definitely evidence out there that second chances actually can be worthwhile.